I’ve been playing guitar for quite a while, but today is the first time I’ve ever seen these particular wonderful monstrosities. Above is the “WTF24” TWENTY-FOUR STRING guitar. It seems kinda silly to call it a ‘bass’ guitar specifically. I couldn’t dig up any specs, but this thing must have a range of at least 5-6 octaves, which is 60 or more keys on a piano.… Continue Reading
Here’s something a little different: the real voice of David Prowse, the English actor who portrayed most of Darth Vader—everything but the famous voice. The cast and crew had no idea what Darth Vader would eventually sound like during shooting.… Continue Reading
If you’ve ever seen heat mirages, where the road ahead waves a bit on a very hot day, you’ve gotten a hint of Schlieren imaging, which is a way of seeing the flow of otherwise invisible gases.
When waves propagate from one medium into another, the waves bend a bit due to changes in the index of refraction of each material. … Continue Reading
Next time you’re in Karula National Park in southern Estonia, make sure you get to the Pähni Nature Centre, where a team of architecture students from the Estonian Academy of Arts have built three beautiful, huge acoustic megaphones for listening to the forest.… Continue Reading
The first time you hear ice sheets cracking, it’s probably not what you would expect. You can hear the effect more clearly in sound artist Andreas Bick’s recordings. But what’s going on? Why would ice cracking sound so much like striking a long metal wire, and what does that have to do with Star Wars?… Continue Reading
If you’ve ever wondered what indie rock/noise/shoegaze might sound like combined with the electromechanical bleats and whirrs of the Large Hadron Collider, look no further than the above.
In honor of the world’s most powerful particle collider’s ramp-up to historic energy levels, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) invited experimentalists Deerhoof to do pretty much whatever they wanted inside their magnet test facility, background noise and all.… Continue Reading
Oscilloscopes are incredibly useful for visualizing signals (audio or otherwise), but unless the software you’re using already has one built in, it’s not necessarily easy to see what’s going on.
- First you’ll need a tool to route audio internally. I used Soundflower, a free kernel extension originally developed by Cycling ’74 (the company that makes Max/MSP).
Puredata is a free, open-source audio and video synthesis platform. And although there are lots of tutorials online, it’s also notoriously difficult to learn without instruction. Composer Rafael Hernandez has a terrific series of YouTube videos that do a great job of introducing both the basics and some intermediate tools and concepts. … Continue Reading
For anyone studying neural tissues, it would be amazingly useful if you could pick and choose certain neurons to fire when you want them to, so you can observe the effects. For a very long time, there was simply no way to do this: they’re too small and densely packed, and if you wanted to do this on a living sample?… Continue Reading
I only just heard about this: the 5th Annual Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit, a collection of dozens of guitar pedal designers and what looks like possibly hundreds of pedals. Is there anything more Cooking With Sound than patching together a bunch of strange and unusual guitar pedals and hearing what you get? … Continue Reading